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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

The widowed Keiko (Hideko Tanake) manages a hostess bar in Tokyo’s Ginza district. She remains faithful to the memory of her husband and supports her mother, brother and his son. The smiling mask she wears allows her to make a living, but the pressure to sell herself is unrelenting. Her business is failing and she must decide whether to raise the money to buy her own bar or marry one of her admiring affluent patrons.

BBFC rating
PG
Year
1960
Running time
108 mins
Country
Japan
Other features
S BW
Director
Mikio Naruse
Cast
Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Reiko Dan

Sweet Bean

Struggling street food vendor Sentaro finds himself confronted with Tokue, an odd but sympathetic elderly lady looking for work. When he reluctantly accepts, it’s not long before Tokue proves to have an extraordinary gift when it comes to making ‘an’ the sweet red bean paste filling used in his dorayakis – which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food.

One of the most acclaimed figures in modern Japanese cinema, Naomi Kawase followed up her remarkable 2014 Still the Water with Sweet Bean, a small-town drama of culinary redemption, which opened the prestigious Un Certain Regard strain of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

BBFC rating
PG
Year
2015
Running time
113 mins
Country
Japan
Other features
S
Director
Naomi Kawase
Cast
Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida

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September 14th

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Sweet Bean

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